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Nigeria’s first metro line opens


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has opened the country’s first metro-rail service in the capital Abuja – some eight years after the project was initiated.

“The completion of this very important project is a dream come true,” Mr Buhari said during the opening ceremony.

“This accomplishment clearly demonstrates our commitment to addressing critical infrastructural projects,” he added.

Mr Buhari and other digntaries took a ride from the Abuja Metro Station to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. A second line runs between the central business district to northern neighbourhoods.

The entire metro system, comprising 290km (180 miles), is being built by a Chinese firm at a cost of $824m (£623), Bloomberg news agency quotes officials as saying.

It will cover the entire city and will be developed in six phases.

Source: Bloomberg

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Call to end Nigeria’s ‘culture of killing’


A group of Nigerian students at Cambridge University in the UK have held a protest against the recent killings in the central Plateu state.

Authorities say 200 people were killed in three-days of conflict which started last week Thursday.

The students urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “end these killings”, saying that he has a duty to protect the lives of all Nigerians.

“These deaths from herdsmen attacks have become one too many; it has become regularised, it has become a culture, and we say no to that,” a statement from the Cambridge University Nigeria Student Society said.

Reports say fighting began when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them.

A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths in a conflict that also divide people along political and religious lines.

Source: Morning Call

How Ahmed Musa Proved Buhari to Be a Liar — By Reno Omokri


As written by Reno Omokri;

On April 18, 2018 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Nigeria’s President listened as other commonwealth leaders chose to promote their countries and people and when it got to his turn, President Muhammadu Buhari chose to describe Nigeria’s youth as a lazy and uneducated.

President Buhari said:

“We have a very young population, our population is estimated to be 196 million in 2018. This is a very conservative one. More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free”.

This would not be the first, second or even third time Muhammadu Buhari has disparaged Nigerians to the international community. On February 5, 2016, he told the Telegraph of the UK that the reputation Nigerians have for crime has made them unwelcome in the West.

In the case of the Lazy Nigerian youth statement, what was worse is that when given the opportunity to dial back from that statement, the Presidency released a statement the next day (April 19, 2018) explaining that what the President meant is that most, but not all, Nigerian youths were lazy.

Even if I tried to make it up, my fiction could not match the unprecedented cluelessness of President Buhari and his media team.

How can a President who cannot name one project that he initiated, started and completed in the last three call Nigeria’s youth who have accomplished many great things in the same period, lazy?

Since the President’s favourite pastime is to blame his ineptitude on his predecessors rather than take responsibility and lead from the front as he promised, I would like to single out one of such youths as a role model to President Buhari.

During the Nigeria versus Iceland World Cup game that took place on Friday April 22, 2018, Ahmed Musa brought more joy to Nigerians in 90 minutes than Buhari has brought to Nigeria in three years. He did not engage in Buhari’s pastime of blame game. Neither did he make excuses to justify failure. This young Nigerian youth just scored. And to prove it was not a fluke, he scored again.

I personally believe that Ahmed Musa would do a better job of governing Nigeria than the inept tyrant who called Nigerian youths like Ahmed Musa ‘lazy and uneducated’! (Almost anyone would do a better job of ruling than a man who still thinks that there is a country called West Germany).

And if all Ahmed Musa did was to prove to Buhari that Nigeria’s youth are not lazy, he would have done enough. But that was not all he proved. Not by a long shot!

President Buhari is notorious for being against any attempt to restructure Nigeria and prefers the status quo which has set Nigeria backwards and to borrow the words of Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, made “the country look big for nothing before international circles”.

Ahmed Musa has proven President Buhari’s fears to be unfounded by establishing once and for all that talents abound in all parts of Nigeria and that no part of Nigeria will lose out if we restructure and replace ethnicity with merit. If not for this Northerner names Ahmed Musa, Nigeria would have had little hope in this #RussiaWorldCup2018. All Nigerians matter.

If there is anything President Buhari can learn from Ahmed Musa’s feat, it is that Nigerians want a leader that can deliver results, like Ahmed Musa, not one that delivers activity, like Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigerians need a leader with vision, one who gives hardworking youths opportunities instead of rewarding degenerate terrorists openings that should go to youths who can really contribute to Nigeria’s growth.

?Let me at this point go on record as saying that I am shocked at the alleged plans by the Buhari administration to recruit ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members into the police. Thank God the Christian Association of Nigeria has rejected the evil plan. How can terrorists police us?

Next, Buhari will recruit herdsmen in the army if he has not already done so! Must this government show its open bias in favour of one religion over the other? What is this madness? Will Donald Trump or Theresa May ask their respective police forces to recruit former jihadists or alqaeda members? All Nigerians must reject this devilish plan! ?

And while our youths like Ahmed Musa continue to advance the frontiers of Nigeria’s greatness, Buhari and his team persist in diminishing Nigeria by their unprecedented hypocrisy.

For instance, on Thursday June 21, 2018, Buhari while delivering the keynote address at the opening of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress at the Conference Centre of the Presidential Villa, asked journalists to halt fake news.

Really? Is this not the same Buhari who lied that there was no fuel subsidy and that Jonathan was deceiving Nigerians only for him to get into power and start paying double the subsidy Jonathan paid even after increasing fuel price?

At the same event, Buhari also appealed to journalists not to carry hate speech, yet his own spokeswoman calls the Christian Association of Nigeria a ‘CAN of worms’. How hypocritical can the President be? Aso Rock under Buhari has become the headquarters of hate speech and fake news in Nigeria.

The truth is that Buhari has proved to Nigeria’s youth that he should be in Daura spending his pension rather than being at Aso Rock directing their futures.

Before I end this piece though, permit me to say something about a Nigerian youth that is my inspiration and hero

?Four months ago, Leah Sheribu was abducted by Boko Haram, who continue to hold her captive because she refused to abandon her faith in Jesus. I wish feminists, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, could use their celebrity to focus the world’s attention on Leah. Leah may not be Hillary or chivalry, but she is worthy of heraldry

President Muhammadu Buhari appears to have forgotten all about Leah. He did not mention her in his Democracy Day speech that was riddled with lies. And when the Christian Association of Nigeria reminds the President of his duty to rescue Leah and prevent the killings of Nigerians by his herdsmen kinsmen, his spokeswoman Insulted them by calling CAN a CAN of worms. If you have read this, please can you stop what you are doing and just say a prayer for the safe return of Leah?

By Information Nigeria

Buhari approves Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, 75, has approved a law to reduce age limits to serve in political office, making it easier for younger candidates to run in next year’s election.

The Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill says a 35-year-old can serve as president – the previous threshold was 40.

Anyone who is 25 or above can be state and federal representatives. Previously it was 30.

But the age to be a state governor or a senator remains 35.

Youth groups had waged a strong campaign to reduce the age limit, saying it would encourage youth participation in politics.

Mr Buhari is running for a second term in elections due next year.

By Eagleee

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing of Bridget Agbahime, a market woman in Kano


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Buhari expressed condolences to the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relatives
He commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect behind the killing, as well as the Kano state government, which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders, widower of the deceased and security agencies
Buhari expresses condolences to the husband of the deceased, the family and relatives.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing of Bridget Agbahime, a market woman in Kano, and described as sad and regrettable the developments that led to this crime.
The woman was murdered on Thursday, June 2 , by a mob after she was accused of blasphemy.
In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Buhari expressed condolences to the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relatives.
He also commended the law enforcement agents for arresting the prime suspect behind the killing, as well as the Kano state government, which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders, widower of the deceased and security agencies, as soon as the sad event occurred on Friday.

Stressing that justice would be done in the matter, Buhari called on the people not to take the law into their hands.
He equally charges those who may want to use the development to fan the embers of religious or ethnic hatred to remember that two wrongs never make a right, and that when law and order breaks down, those who become victims are never distinguished on the basis of religion or ethnicity.
“The incident at Kofar Wambai market, Kano city, is utterly condemnable, and the state government has been quite proactive. Let us ensure that we keep the peace, as justice will be done. Let us learn to respect each other’s faith, so that we can know each other and live together in peace,” the president said.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje also condoled the husband of the deceased, describing the killing of his wife as illegal and unacceptable.
Speaking on behalf of the state government and people of Kano, he promised to support the bereaved family at the trying period.

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Five issues which show that APC is in trouble  in Politics


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In from Ripples Nigeria . . .
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has
been in power for almost a year and there are
signs that all is not well within the party which
made history last March when it became the
first opposition party in Nigeria’s history to
defeat a ruling party at the presidential level.
From internal wranglings, to lack of funding, to
discontent in the land, below are five issues
which show that the APC is in trouble.
1. It’s all about the money
The APC is broke. That’s one of the biggest
challenges. Unlike the former ruling party that
was always awash with cash, the leadership of
the APC has been unable to find a sustainable
formula to fund its activities and run its
operations. This is due to President
Muhammadu Buhari’s politics which is averse to
footing the party’s bills from government funds.
Even the national chairman, John Odigie-
Oyegun, admitted last month that the party was
broke. He said they were working on plans
which will be launched in a month or two to
raise money from members. A meeting held
between the leadership of the ruling party and
the president in January ended with the
president advising the party to think of ways to
fund itself. Buhari does not want the APC to fall
into the same ditch which ensnared the PDP
when it began to use resources of the nation to
fund its activities. But if the party is unable to
find a way to raise money soon, it won’t be long
before party members begin rumbling in public.
The APC is broke. That’s one
of the biggest challenges.
Unlike the former ruling party
that was always awash with
cash, the leadership of the
APC has been unable to find
a sustainable formula to fund
its activities and run its
operations.
2. Faster, faster, Mr. President
Another source of disquiet within the ruling
party is that Buhari has continued with his snail-
like pace in making crucial appointments.
Everything about the Buhari administration takes
time and the party faithful are getting
impatient. The president (in) famously waited
six months before inaugurating a cabinet, which
then led to the bungling of the budget proposal
for 2016, as ministers did not have enough time
to settle in and get their priorities right before
the budget presentation deadline loomed. It did
not take long for Nigerians to begin to dissect
the shoddy work done in the budget. The
embarrassment which the administration has
suffered is a direct effect.
Now, Buhari is continuing to delay in appointing
heads of boards of parastatals and federal
agencies. Interestingly, the president’s
sluggishness seems to be affecting APC state
governors as well. Most of them waited until
Buhari forwarded his own list to the senate
before they sent names of commissioner-
nominees to the state assembly. Just like the
president, many governors have still not
appointed heads of boards and even special
advisers. This is a big source of concern for
party members. The ‘spoils’ of their March 2015
victory needs to be shared and quickly too.
During the meeting of members of the Rivers
APC with the National leadership of the party,
they lamented over the fact that board
members appointed by former president
Goodluck Jonathan still held sway and were
using the offices to ”victimise” APC members.
Supporters of the party who worked for the
party’s victory last year expect to be rewarded,
and so far that is not happening. A key point to
note is that a presidential committee on the
reconstitution of federal government boards
headed by the Secretary to the Government of
the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal,
is yet to submit its report.
There are some who argue that the delay by
Baba Go Slow (as Buhari is often called) in
making the board appointments is because of
the infighting within state chapters of the party.
However that argument holds little water, as
ultimately appointments are discretionary and
President Buhari has the final say. If there is
one thing he has shown in the last eight
months, it is that he is not beholden to anyone.
The president’s sluggishness
seems to be affecting APC
state governors as well. Most
of them waited until Buhari
forwarded his own list to the
senate before they sent
names of commissioner-
nominees to the state
assembly
3. There’s a rumble in the jungle
Another challenge facing the APC is the internal
war among its leading chieftains. All has not
been well ever since Bukola Saraki and Yakubu
Dogara emerged as senate president and
Speaker of the House of Representatives
respectively. The two men were not the popular
choice of the party leadership, President Buhari,
and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu. However
with deft politicking, romance with the PDP and
the support of former vice president Atiku
Abubakar and some state governors, they pulled
off an upset win.
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It was thought initially that Atiku would be
announced as the chairman of the party’s board
of trustees, but his candidacy has suffered a
setback due to his support for Saraki and
Dogara. There is now mutual suspicion between
the different power centres in the party. The
Bola Tinubu camp is believed to favour former
interim national chairman of the party, to be
named as BOT chairman. As a result of the
stalemate, the party has no BOT.
In January, APC chairman, Odigie-Oyegun, was
asked why the BOT has still not been
constituted, he said, “There is no issue
surrounding that. It’s just that there has been
so much to do and the president wants to
personally participate in it. A date has been
scheduled for all organs of the party to meet.”
4. Where’s the common ground?
Another challenge for the party, which is similar
to the above is the fact that since July 3, 2015,
the APC National Executive Committee (NEC)
has not met. At that last meeting, Bola Tinubu,
Bisi Akande, and even Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo, were absent. They were believed at
the time to have stayed away in protest against
the election of Saraki and Dogara, who both
attended the meeting.
Buhari frittered away a lot of
goodwill initially by failing to
take some early tough
decisions and the
government has not shown
that it has enough
imagination to rescue the
economy from the doldrums.
The NEC is supposed to meet every quarter,
according to the APC constitution. However no
other meeting has held, two quarters later.
There are speculations that a meeting of the
NEC will hold by the end of the month. It is
believed that the stalemate within the party will
be resolved at that meeting but it will take a
mighty effort from all stakeholders involved to
meet at a common ground, or else the party
leadership must be ready to pass off one of the
warring factions. We await.
5. There is fire on the mountain
The final – and biggest – challenge facing the
APC is that the stars do not seem to be aligned
in their favour. These are hard economic times:
oil prices have crashed, the naira is exchanging
in the parallel market at about N330 to a dollar
at this moment, and the government has been
unable to ramp up quick wins to assure citizens
that it understands what it is doing. Buhari
frittered away a lot of goodwill initially by failing
to take some early tough decisions and the
government has not shown that it has enough
imagination to rescue the economy from the
doldrums.
Of all the challenges the APC faces, this more
than any others will determine its fate as a
ruling party. If the party has all the money in
the world to run its activities, and is at peace
with itself, all that will mean nothing, if
Nigerians are not happy with it. They will do
well to remember that.
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